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Monitors say improvements needed at Mississippi prison

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Court-appointed monitors say a Dec. 31 disturbance at the privately run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility points to the need for further improvements at the prison in Leake County.

In U.S. District Court filings, monitors and plaintiffs who sued over conditions at the prison say violence is out of control and guards are undertrained.

Utah-based Management and Training Corp., which took over the 1,500-bed prison in 2012, disputes most of the findings.

The state removed youth offenders from Walnut Grove after a federal judge harshly criticized conditions; only adult prisoners remain.

Officials say six prison guards and one supervisor were fired or resigned after the December disorder. Officials say the guards were smuggling contraband to prisoners and ignoring rule violations. Five former prison employees and three others were indicted in March.

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